ABOUT THE BOOK
Ashlyn Carter feels as brittle as the lifeless roses that border her new house. A year after the tragic death of her husband, the young widow discovers a horrifying secret. Heartbroken and humiliated, she resolved that no one could ever know. Now, back in her hometown with her three-year-old daughter, she's ready for a fresh start. But Ashlyn is unprepared to find that an embarrassing memory, buried deep in her past, is about to resurface. . .
Ryan Anderson was the last person Ashlyn expected to see. After the unexpected kiss they d shared years earlier, she assumed she'd never see him again. Though she tries to avoid him at all costs, Ashlyn finds herself running into her former flame far more often than she'd like. Between her uncomfortable history with Ryan and the series of well-meaning suitors pursuing her, Ashlyn finds herself disenchanted with dating altogether. Yet as she and Ryan slowly become reacquainted, she feels her resolve to avoid a relationship slipping. But when moving forward with Ryan means revealing the secrets he's worked so hard to keep, will Ashlyn have the courage to leave behind her late husband's legacy of deceit and learn to love again?
I found Heart of Gold to be a very sympathetic read. Ashlyn is a sweet character who is struggling not only with her husband's death but some things she discovers afterwords. Thanks to her daughter Katie, she's still going through the motions but finds it easier to avoid the emotions that plague her. Until that is, Ryan Anderson reappears in her life and raises all kinds of emotions that Ashlyn isn't ready to deal with. Ashlyn's daughter, Katie provides some humor adding to the sweetness of the book. I enjoyed traveling with Ashlyn and Ryan and their journey to love and trust. A powerful story about learning to love again and even forgive someone who has hurt you. For me, the highlight of the book was the relationships between Ashlyn and Ryan as well as with her daughter and family. This is LDS fiction so there are references to the gospel of Jesus Christ as well as church practices and beliefs.
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